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Villa's great escape looks to be on course

Premier League: Aston Villa 1 Arsenal 0


Trezeguet. Photo: Getty Images

Trezeguet. Photo: Getty Images

Getty Images

Trezeguet. Photo: Getty Images

Aston Villa grabbed a priceless survival lifeline to climb out of the drop zone ahead of the Premier League's finale after beating against Arsenal last night.

Trezeguet netted a crucial winner to clinch a 1-0 victory to lift Villa out of the relegation zone for the first time since February.

The winger set up a dramatic finale on Sunday with Villa, Watford and Bournemouth locked in a three-way battle against the drop.

Dean Smith's side are now above the bottom three on goal difference ahead of Sunday's trip to West Ham, who are out of danger thanks to their own superior goal difference.

For Arsenal, they will need to rely on an FA Cup win next month to return to Europe and could finish as low as 10th in the Premier League.

They hit the post through Eddie Nketiah but never found the form which saw them beat Liverpool and Manchester City in their previous games.

Dion Dublin scored twice the last time Villa beat Arsenal at home in 1998, with the team including England boss Gareth Southgate and an 18-year-old Gareth Barry.

Steps' cover of Tragedy was No.1 in the charts but if Villa escape relegation on the final day there will be a happy ending.

Back then Arsenal were champions but the title feels light years away for the Gunners despite the promising early signs of Mikel Arteta's debut season.

A plane towing the message 'Back Arteta Kroenke Out' served as a reminder of the anger felt by fans with the Gunners facing a fourth season outside the Champions League, having not won the title in 16 years.

The noise of the craft almost drowned out the players in an empty stadium which did little to spark the game in a low tempo opening 20 minutes.

But out of the blue the the hosts grabbed their winner in style after 27 minutes.

Conor Hourihane's corner missed everyone except for Trezeguet who was loitering at the far post and the winger drilled in a brilliant low strike from 15 yards. Villa boss Dean Smith remained calm even after the final whistle.

It means a final day showdown to see who survives.